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Scream at a Wall: NEUROSIS and AMON AMARTH Will Make You Raise Some Horns

Scream at a Wall: NEUROSIS and AMON AMARTH Will Make You Raise Some Horns

Autumn is upon us. Summer is a corpse. The dead-eyed children are back in school, which means it’s time for a recap of this week’s best hardcore, metal, and punk rock. We dug through the record crates to find the new tunes we think you need to spin and rage to. Looking for some new death metal to set the mood this Fall? Got you covered. Need some grindcore to get your autumn off on the right foot? Say no more. Strap in kiddies; it’s time to rock.

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We have had a lot to say about the new Neurosis album. Fires Within Fires is finally here and it is easily the best hardcore album of the year. Nothing else even comes close. In five tracks, these post-metal monsters craft the year’s biggest and most epic album. It’s filled with riffs, darks, and a subtle beauty. The mighty Steve Albini serves once again as producer (engineer, in his words) and captures a sound that is wholly one of a kind. After thirty years, Neurosis is still on top. They’re still the best and with Fires Within Fires, they prove nobody else is even in their league. [Noisey]

DEAD play some of the fuzziest tunes we’ve ever heard. They take the bass and steep it in heavy distortion. Case in point, “Turning Screws.” This track is just a sludgy beast. It’s crawls and climbs towards you, like a wounded bear soaked in the blood of it’s prey. DEAD embrace the emptiness and space, they allow their songs to wash over you and weigh you down. Big, ugly, and mean, DEAD’s latest album is utter perfection. Untitle hits everywhere on September 3o and it’s worth your time to check it out. [CVLT Nation]

Holy cow, Bhavachakra is amazing. It’s hard to pin these guys down to one sound, but it’s certainly metal through and through. Thrash, black, and core–it has elements of it all. Their raw intensity is captivating. Frantic time signatures and blazing riffs fill this album to the point of bursting. We may not know how to pronounce their name, but we know we love Bhavachakra. [Noisey]

It’s hard to believe that Husbandry is not the biggest band in the world. They’re heavy and mathy, chaos wrapped in hard rock and heavy metal. Then there’s singer, Carina Zachary. She is a freaking warrior. Her vocals turn this frantic metal into the sort of stuff that should be filling stadiums. It’s catchy and intense, like a version Mars Volta or Dillinger Escape Plan you could listen to with your mom and dad. There’s simply no denying how awesome this band is, you have to listen to them. Get into Husbandry now, because it’s only a matter of time before they blow up and take the world by storm.

If you need some good ol’ fashion punk rock in your life, check out this new tune from Tournament. It’s the kind of song that’s meant to be blasted in a crappy club. You can practically hear the breaking glass and blown out amps. Gang-style vocals and a furious rhythm make this exactly what our souls need right now. You pissed about being back in school? Missing the freedom of summer? Tournament capture that angst and fury perfectly. No frills punk is what the doctor orders and Tournament have your prescription. [CLRVYNT]

This is it, everybody. Amon Amarth have called down the thunder. Their video from “Raise Your Horns” has assembled a viking army and they’re marching to victory. It’s a punishing track from their album Jomsviking which was released earlier this year. Aside from the awesome live footage, this video features more metal superstars than you can shake a wizard’s staff at. Watch this thing and see who you can pick out. Slayer and Zakk Wylde stand out, but there are lots of others, too. Raise your horns, everybody. Amon Amarth is taking us to Valhalla. [Rolling Stone]

Beach Slang are so damn good. This selection might stretch the boundaries of the punk rock we usually include in this column, but for those of this who grew up in the ’90s, this one hits a sweet spot. It sounds like that garage-infused punk that exploded along with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Poppy, raw, and emotional, there’s a lot to love here. These are songs you can sing along to, but they still have an edge and fierce tone. One listen to this album and Beach Slang will be in your head for days, maybe more. Good stuff all the way through.

Every Time I Die has finally unleashed Low Teens on the world. It’s a hell of an album that fits perfectly in the bands already brutal discography. Below, check out the video for “It Remembers,” the album’s catchiest track. This one is radio ready and that’s largely because it features Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie lending his vocal melodies. The video continues this year’s trend of “dudes wandering through the desert” which isn’t a bad thing. We can always watch somebody on a weird psychological trip. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Low Teens yet, you should probably fix that right about now. Every Time I Die is coming and they’re bringing hell with them.

What are you spinning lately? Got a heavy playlist you need the world to hear? Sound off in the comments below.

Image: Neurosis

Gif: Cartoon Network


Benjamin Bailey writes for the Nerdist and can be found on Twitter talking about Godzilla, comic books, and hardcore music.

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